Monday, May 22, 2017

MONDAY’S QUICK BITES and GIVEAWAY

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As M/M Reviewers, between us we have read thousands of m/m romance novels over the years and we would like to share our favourites with you, those reads that have been 4+ stars for us. So every Monday we bring you our Quick Bites, short reviews of our recommended reads.

Hope you all had a fabulous weekend! We have five great Quick Bites to brighten up the start of your week from Anne Tenino,  Kim Fielding, R.A. Padmos and Nic Starr. Don’t forget you can can also enter the giveaway below for your chance to win a Kindle eBook of your choice from this weeks Quick Bites.

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Frat Boy and Toppy (Theta Alpha Gamma #1)

by Anne Tenino

51REw6T-0EL._SY346_Rating ~ 4.5 Stars

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Synopsis

Brad is great at meeting other people’s expectations. But his own? Not so much. Take the gay thing. Okay, so yeah. It took a morning meeting with a frat brother’s hairy, naked ass for him to admit it, but he knows the truth about himself now. Let the gay life commence.

Unfortunately, it’s not that easy. He hasn’t quite determined how to come out to anyone, even Sebastian, the geeky-hot TA in his history class. Sebastian is everything Brad is not. Intellectual, suave, hairy. Out. And he doesn’t seem interested in Brad, even when Brad makes a fool of himself trying to catch his notice.

Score one for foolery: Sebastian does more than notice Brad; he takes him to bed. Brad’s been with plenty of girls, but with Sebastian, the sex is something else entirely—hot, mind-blowing, affirming, and a little domineering in a way that drives him wild. But when great sex turns into something more—dare he admit the “L” word?—Brad must face the crushing realization that Sebastian doesn’t feel the same. Unless, of course, he does. After all, even grad students can be idiots about matters of the heart.

Debra’s Quick Bite

Ignore the title – it’ll be better after you’ve read the book.  This is one of those comfort reads I pick up when I want something sweet, sexy and low angst. The fact that there is a bit of light kink is just icing.   Jock/frat boy/ladies man Brad finds himself crushing on his TA Sebastian and instead of running he embraces it.  Out and proud Sebastian isn’t sure what to make of Brad at first, but he eventually teaches Brad the ropes of gay sex and Sebastian is one dommy, toppy geek. Sex he’s good at, feelings, not so much.  As Sebastian and Brad navigate whatever it is they are doing, most of the drama (and I say that lightly) surrounds whether Brad, who now firmly knows he is gay, should come out to his frat brothers who are hilarious, mostly clueless and… well… frat boys.

If you want a quick, mostly light read, with some seriously steamy scenes, an adorable jock, a sarcastic geek some feels and some laughs, this is guaranteed to satisfy you… though you may never look at your hairbrush the same way again.

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Love is Heartless by Kim Fielding

51h975VcHSLRating ~ 5 Stars

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Synopsis

A Love Can't Novel

Small but mighty—that could be Detective Nevin Ng’s motto. Now a dedicated member of the Portland Police Bureau, he didn’t let a tough start in life stop him from protecting those in need. He doesn’t take crap from anyone, and he doesn’t do relationships. Until he responds to the severe beating of a senior citizen and meets the victim’s wealthy, bow-tied landlord.

Property manager and developer Colin Westwood grew up with all the things Nevin never had, like plenty of money and a supportive, loving family. Too supportive, perhaps, since his childhood illness has left his parents unwilling to admit he’s a strong, grown man. Colin does do relationships, but they never work out. Now he’s thinking maybe he won’t just go with the flow. Maybe it’s time to try something more exciting. But being a witness to a terrible crime—or two—was more than he bargained for.

Despite their differences, Colin and Nevin discover that the sparks fly when they’re together. But sparks are short-lived, dampened by the advent of brutal crimes, and Colin and Nevin have seemingly little in common. The question is whether they have the heart to build something lasting.

Jane’s Quick Bite

I absolutely love this book. Nevin Ny is a detective with the Portland Bureau. His past has seen him in and out of 15 different care homes. Now his goal in life is to protect the elderly and vulnerable members of society. He is smart mouthed, abrasive and cocky and doesn't do relationships. He meets quiet, bow tied Colin Westwood on a case and they find their paths keep crossing. Complete opposites, they find themselves equally fascinated with each other. Colin has always dreamed of a Prince Charming to come in and sweep him up in a ‘Disneyesque’ way and to have the perfect wedding and life. Both men have to make some changes and compromises. Colin takes a chance on a fling with no expectations and Nev does the unthinkable and wants to see Col again exclusively.

The story is hugely engaging with some great secondary characters. It's full of heart and romance and has fantastic dialogue. I just adore the way Nev speaks to people. My absolute standout moment in the book comes when Nev’s brother Ford tells him he’s getting married. Nev’s reactions just made my heart both hurt and melt. A definite reread book for me, I can't recommend this one highly enough.

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Review: Unspoken by R.A. Padmos

51poNoZeakL[3]Rating ~ 4.5 Stars

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Synopsis

Sometimes a man has to choose between two very different kinds of love. But what if there is no real choice?

When Stefan meets Adri, it is love at first sight. It does, however, take some time before he recognizes his own feelings. He’s a married man—a family man—with a strong sense of responsibility. In Dutch society of 1935, sex between men over the age of twenty-one might be legal, but acceptance is still a long way off.

As a working-class man without a steady job, he doesn’t have the means to ignore society’s rules and create his own little paradise in which both he and his lover can be together, without his family having to suffer poverty and shame. Despite all this, the lovers find a way to carve out moments of intimacy and happiness.

Then the Germans march into Holland and nothing will ever be the same again. The occupation, which will last five long years, offers both danger and chances, but choices have to be made—choices of the head and choices of the heart.

Mark’s Quick Bite

set in a period of history that for a lot of people a HEA would never have been a realistic option and this book does exactly that. There are no harp playing cupids shooting arrows of love at the end of this book. But that’s exactly why I liked it so much as it deals with the raw or realistic situation and doesn’t fluff up a period of history for the sake of romance and having to fit in a happy ever after. Our story starts in The Netherlands just before the German occupation.

Stefan and Adri have to live out their love in the shadows and those shadows become even darker when the Germans occupy The Netherlands. I liked very much what the author did here. She did not portray the occupying forces, at least those that Stefan and Adri encounter, as some kind of evil, Hollywood style German Nazi. They are ordinary men caught up in the political machinery of the day just trying to survive like everyone else in a time where the world went mad. So good and bad on both sides, nothing is ever as black and white, cut and dried as it may seem. Stefan’s and Adri’s feelings and love will remain under wraps for as long as they live but that makes the moments of intimacy they have together all that more precious. Moments to treasure and enjoy for the rest of their lives.

This is an extremely thought provoking story. A story that will also make the reader reflect and think but will also make you appreciate what we have today all the more. A bittersweet romance that will have the reader hoping all the best for Stefan and Adri wherever their futures may take them.

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The Proofs In The Pudding by Nic Starr

proof is in the pud[4]Rating ~ 4.5 Stars

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Synopsis

Steve never expected making a Christmas pudding would bring him the man of his dreams.

Steve Hayes is away with a group of friends who are spending the Christmas break together. He's determined to put his two-timing ex-boyfriend in the past, and enjoy his week away. Steve is happily surprised to find that Corey Oh, the guy he's been admiring from afar, has been invited along too. But Steve knows there's no way someone as wonderful as Corey, who could have any man he wanted, would be interested in him.

However, thanks to a misadventure with a Christmas pudding, Steve will find that dreams can come true

Freya’s Quick Bite

Who knew that making a Christmas pudding would lead to such delights.

I know Christmas is a long way off, but while looking back in my reviews I saw this and had to bring it to your attention.

This tale unwinds while a group of friends, Christmas orphans, spend a festive holiday together.

So often the blurb has punch than the story itself – not in this case. Here it was a good reflection of the story inside and not an inflated representation. From the very first paragraph, I smiled at this story. It has lovely humour that I totally related to, and a splendid balance of dialogue and other forms of storytelling. All too often, I see dialogue heavy stories, which aren’t to my taste. This isn’t one of them. It is well written. I was presented with scenes that I could picture, and the characters had individual personalities that mixed well.

I found The Proofs In The Pudding, a totally engaging, heart warming Christmas story. Oh, and as for the heat factor – it wasn’t just the Aussie sun that made me break out my fan.

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22 comments:

  1. The Proofs In The Pudding by Nic Starr. How could you not love Christmas orphans?

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  2. Any Kim Fielding book is a must read for me... So Love is Heartless would be my choice this week.

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  3. Love is Heartless by Kim Fielding. One of my favorite authors

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  4. Love is Heartless or Unspoken.

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  5. I'll join everyone else and say Love is Heartless, but The Proof is in the Pudding is a close second.

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  6. Thanks for all the good Bites. The best sounding for me is Unspoken by R.A. Padmos. I like the way Mark described it as realistic to the times, and I do like period pieces, and this time was so poignant. - Purple Reader,
    TheWrote [at] aol [dot] com

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  7. Love FRAT BOY AND TOPPY (and it's not even the best volume in the series!), and the rest all sound great for different reasons...

    --Trix

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  8. Love is Heartless by Kim Fielding

    I've recently discovered she is a wonderful author!

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  9. Love is Heartless by Kim Fielding
    sounds like a great love story

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  10. proof is in the pudding is n/a, to be rereleased 2017

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    1. Yes, it is currently unavailable for purchase at the moment, but Nic Starr has kindly offered to provide a copy if it is the winners choice.

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  11. Love is Heartless by Kim Fielding would be my choice

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  12. Love Is Heartless (Love Can't Book 2)

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  13. Frat Boy and Toppy because I am in the mood for a fun read.

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  14. Love is Heartless

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  15. I'd pick The Proof is in the Pudding since I've had it on my wish list for a while now.

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  16. I'd pick Love is Heartless by Kim Fielding. It sounds great.

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  17. It would be a toss up between Love Is Heartless by Kim Fielding and The Proofs In The Pudding by Nic Starr. They both sound like great books. colby69@verizon.net

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  18. Love is Heartless looks to be a really good read.

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  19. I would choose Unspoken by R.A. Padmos because of the historical aspect of the thing and the review does make me think that I'd like the soft aspect of the book, the whole unexpected HEA and all that.

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  20. I'd probably choose Unspoken by R.A. Padmos.

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  21. Love is Heartless or Unspoken. Thanks!

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